Kevin Drum reports that Der Gropenfurer is planning to raise taxes, just as everyone who could read a budget knew he would have to do.

I keep hearing about how it’s not good to call opposition politicians liars. But how many times do these guys get to campaign, and win, on blatantly fraudulent premises without someone calling them on it?

Telling lies is immoral. Liars are bad people, no matter how charming they may be.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: